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International Handbell Committee (IHC)

The International Handbell Committee was formed in 1990 to set standards and goals for the biannual International Handbell Symposium (IHS). The committee is made up of the presidents and other representatives of the eight guilds that currently share in hosting the event  – Handbell Ringers of Japan, Handbell Society of Australasia, Korean Handbell Association, Handbell Musicians of Canada (formerly Handbell Guilds of Canada), Handbell Ringers of Great Britain, Handbell Association of Hong Kong, Handbell Ringers of Singapore, and Handbell Musicians of America.

International Handbell Symposium (IHS)

The first International Handbell Symposium was held in Arcata, California, USA in 1984. Subsequent Symposia have been held every two years since then.

1986 - Gotemba, Japan
1988 - Exeter, Great Britain
1990 - Seoul, Korea
1992 - Edmonton, Canada
1994 - Adelaide, Australia
1996 - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
1998 - Makuhari Messe, Japan
2000 - Birmingham, Great Britain
2002 - Seoul, Korea,
2004 - Toronto, Canada
2006 - Brisbane, Australia
2008 - Orlando, Florida
2010 - Osaka, Japan
2012 - Liverpool, Great Britain
2014 - Jeju, Korea
2016 - Vancouver, Canada
2018 - Cairns, Australia

The 19th IHS was scheduled for 2020 in Hong Kong, but sadly this event was cancelled in December 2019 due to the continuing unrest and violence there. The 20th IHS in 2022 is planned for Nashville Tennessee, USA.

For each Symposium, Canada sends a representative Canadian Conductor and also submits a new Canadian Composition to be rung at the massed ringing session component of the Symposium.

Canadian-hosted IHS events

1992 International Handbell Symposium Edmonton, AB
IHS2004 Toronto, ON ‘Building Bridges’
IHS2016 Vancouver, BC ‘Soundings: Music of Our Lands and Our Lives’

IHS 2016 Memories and Staying in Touch

The IHS2016 Flickr page is, and will remain, a place for all those who have pictures of their time at the symposium to share those photos with one another. You can find the page by going to www.flickr.com and searching for the IHS2016 Vancouver group page.

Facebook page (www.facebook.com/IHS2016Vancouver)


Video of Final Concert:
We're very happy to have been able to secure permission to release the video of the final concert for all to see. We've posted the footage online:

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